Chino Valley is the site of the first Territorial Capital of Arizona. U.S. Army Cavalry Lt. Amiel W. Whipple gave the community its name while traveling through the area. Chino is the Mexican name for the abundant, curly grama grass growing in the area. For many years Chino Valley farmers grew corn and alfalfa and raised cattle. The capital moved 15 miles south to the town of Prescott in 1864. A narrow-gauge branch of the United Verde and Pacific Railroad was completed to Jerome in 1895. This established the Jerome Junction joining Prescott and Arizona Central. Between 1900 and 1925, the activities of Jerome Junction were absorbed by Chino Valley.

Principal Economic Activities

The economy of Chino Valley is based on a mix of retail, commercial and service activities. Completion of the Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOT) widening on Highway 89, the addition of enhanced access sidewalks and several new roundabouts will provide better management of the 23,000 trips per day through town. The town's $2 million in grants will help establish a 240-acre industrial park just off Highway 89, near newly completed shooting and tactical training ranges.

Significant growth in Chino Valley has created employment in construction services and supplies, while proximity to Prescott's airport and technical training facility has begun to spark interest in manufacturing. Retirement and recreation in Chino Valley also are popular. Agriculture is a viable business field in Chino Valley. Willowcreek Greenhouses, NAB Nursery, and other nurseries and agricultural producers are active in the area.

Scenic Attractions

The Chino Valley area offers many recreational opportunities including historical landmarks, scenic views and miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Camping, fishing and numerous lakes are within an hour’s drive including Watson, Goldwater and Lynx Lakes. Major annual events in Chino Valley celebrate the town's rural heritage. Patriotic pride is evident at the daylong Fourth of July celebration at the park, ending with one of the largest fireworks displays in northern Arizona. On Labor Day, the town honors its history with the annual First Territorial Capital celebration. A few of the highlights include vendors and crafts at Memory Park, a parade, pancake breakfast, corn dinner and rodeo. The Territorial Days Rodeo kicks off with a barbecue and dance which provides a weekend full of entertainment for all ages.

Community Facilities

Chino Valley offers a range of community facilities including a library, a senior center, a social services office, a park and a community center. The community center houses tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as baseball, football and soccer fields.

Basic Information

Founded 1871 Incorporated 1970
Elevation 4,720 ft. Location Yavapai County
Distance to major cities:
Phoenix 115 miles San Diego 390 miles
Tucson 228 miles Los Angeles 396 miles
Las Vegas 235 miles  


2000 2010 2023 (est.)
Chino Valley 7,835 10,825 13,429
Yavapai County 167,517 210,899 241,173
State of Arizona 5,130,632 6,401,569 7,285,370

Office of Economic Opportunity

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation


Chino Valley 4.00%
Yavapai County 0.75%
State 5.60%

Arizona Dept. of Revenue & Arizona Tax Research Foundation

Labor Force

2000 2010 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,660 4,791 5,516
Unemployed 153 330 171
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 6.9% 3.1%

Office of Economic Opportunity

Workforce Education Attainment

Count Share
Less than high school 988 11.3%
High school or equivalent, no college 2,447 27.9%
Some college or Associate degree 3,736 42.6%
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 1,603 18.3%

American Community Survey

Industry (ranked by employment)

  Count Share
Education, health care & social assistance 1,003 21.0%
Retail trade 848 17.7%
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 449 9.4%
Other services, except public administration 439 9.2%
Manufacturing 432 9.0%
Construction 381 8.0%
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 280 5.9%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 241 5.0%
Finance, insurance & real estate 241 5.0%
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 211 4.4%
Public administration 197 4.1%
Wholesale trade 56 1.2%
Information 2 0.0%

American Community Survey

This profile was prepared by the Arizona Commerce Authority in cooperation with local sources. For further information, please contact:

Town of Chino Valley
Maggie Tidaback
202 N. State Route 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Phone: 928-636-2646
Email: [email protected]
Chino Valley Area Chamber
of Commerce

448 N. Hwy 89, Suites I-J
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Phone: 928-636-2493
Email: [email protected]
Arizona Commerce Authority
Statewide Economic Development Group
100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: [email protected]

ACA has partnered with APS to provide you with Arizona Prospector, a free database to access available real estate opportunities in rural Arizona. Click here to access available properties in this community.